Qualify as a Professional Client and Receive Lower Margin Rates

Experienced traders who meet the criteria can qualify for access to higher leverage and other account features including:

  • Lower margin rates
  • Access to a dedicated Market Strategist
  • A range of loyalty rewards and benefits

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Lower Margin Requirements

Current Min. Retail and
Professional Margin Rates
New Min. Professional
FOREX.com Account Margin Rates (29th Jul)

New Min. Professional
MetaTrader Account Margin Rates (29th Jul)

New Min. Retail
Margin Rates (29th Jul)
Major FX 0.5%  0.25%  0.25%  3.33%
Major Indices  0.5% 0.25%  0.5%  5%
Commodities  1% 0.5%  0.25%  10%
Shares  4%  3% NA 20%
Crypto  25%  5% NA 50%

Professional Client Account Features

Lower margins

Trade with low margin rates exclusive to Professional Clients and be exempt from product restrictions
Opportunity for price improvement

Reduced trading costs

Earn cash rebates of up to £20 per million traded and get bank fees on wire transfers reimbursed
Personalized support

Professional guidance

Take advantage of dedicated one-on-one support from a highly trained Market Strategist who can help you with your trading plan
Quick and accurate executions

Account protection

Remain eligible for protection from the FSCS and the Financial Ombudsman Service

Professional client status details

Unchanged Protections:

We are not obliged to offer the following to Professional Clients but have elected to continue doing so:

Client money remains segregated from our funds and will be unaffected in the event of our insolvency.

Best Execution remains unchanged as we owe all our clients a duty of best execution.

The detail of Trade Confirmations remain unchanged and are sent by the end of the first business day following the execution of the trade, or earlier.

Key Information Documents remain available to you.

Waived Protections:

You will waive some FCA protections:

Margin and Leverage Limits remain unchanged despite the changes that ESMA introduce for retail clients.

Mandatory changes to product features which protect retail clients will not be mandatory for you. (e.g. negative balance protection and margin close out levels).

We will assume you have the relevant knowledge and experience levels to understand the risks in trading leveraged products.

We may use more sophisticated language when dealing with you as a Professional Client than we do with our retail clients.

Qualify for Professional Account Status

Meet two of these three criteria to qualify as a Professional Client.
If you are eligible, then you can apply now.
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Trading Volume

You need to have made an average of 10 significantly sized transactions per quarter over the last 4 quarters
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You need to have a financial instrument portfolio, including cash deposits, exceeding EUR 500,000
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Work Experience

You need to have worked in the financial sector in a professional position for at least a year, which requires knowledge of the transactions or services envisaged

Qualification criteria in detail

To qualify as a Professional Client, you will need to meet at least 2 out of the 3 eligibility criteria outlined by the FCA.

The criteria are as follows:

Trade size & Volume
You have had traded, in significant size, in the forex/CFD markets or other leveraged products (e.g. indices, shares, spread bets, futures, options, other derivatives etc.) at an average frequency of 10 transactions per quarter over the previous four quarters (with FOREX.com and/or other providers).

Significant sized trades are classified as having a notional value of £10,000 for equities and £50,000 for forex, indices and commodities or equivalent in local currency.

Size of portfolio
The size of your financial instrument portfolio, defined as including cash deposits and financial instruments, exceeds EUR 500,000 (or equivalent in your local currency).

Acceptable examples of savings and investments: Cash savings, stock portfolio, stocks and shares ISA, trading accounts, mutual funds, SIPP (excluding non-financial instruments).

Unacceptable examples of savings and investments: Company pension, non-tradeable assets, property, luxury cars, jewellery.

Professional Experience
You work or have worked in the financial sector for at least one year in a professional position, which requires knowledge of the transactions or services envisaged.

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